Hearts for the Arts Awards

Mayor David Budd

Middlesbrough Council


Best Local Authority Arts Champion - Councillor 2019

Mayor David Budd

What our judges said:

"His personal commitment really shows. It's lovely to see a Mayor using a senior position to push so personally for the arts."
"David’s commitment, passion and tireless work for the Arts is clear in the citation and the work he has done. Erimus sounds phenomenal and I love that he is campaigning for Tees Valley to compete for City of Culture. I wish him great success. Congratulations."
"He is clearly a really powerful advocate across many ideas and community voices in a place that is building strength from a difficult base."
"As the elected mayor, David Budd has made a significant strategic impact on the area, and successfully advocated for the recognition of the value and impact on arts and culture on a local and regional - and international - platform."
"A cultural champion of the first order, whose commitment to the arts is obviously passionate and deeply held."
"Mayor Budd demonstrates the impact senior political leadership can have in using the arts to transform a place and influence a wider area as well."
"Mayor Budd appears to be a strong advocate for the arts not just in Middlesbrough, but across the Tees Valley and wider North East region. […] It's clear that he spends a good deal of time and energy on advocating for, supporting and engaging with the arts in all of their diversity. And it's great to see that he has an international focus too."

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